Dexter Tortoriello makes various forms of sad music. The most prolific persona is Houses
, which is a duo with his girlfriend Megan Messina, which Tortoriello thinks of in terms of "old Elephant 6
recordings," though it's been classified with the chillwave craze of the recent years
, escapist songs are understated in mood and minimalist in structure
. Then there's his solo project, Dawn Golden and Rosy Cross, named for the centuries-old secret occult sect Golden Dawn and the symbol of Rosicrucianism
, built with intensely sculpted collection of skittering electronics and delicate acoustic textures, ... marked by heavy beats and synthesizer pads
. You can hear tracks from both projects on Soundcloud (Houses
; Dawn Golden
) and YouTube (Houses official channel
, and a playlist for A Quiet Darkness
, the newest Houses album).
posted by filthy light thief
on Nov 2, 2013 -
Have your Chipotle burrito at John Dos Passos
' house. Read Silent Spring
in Silver Spring
. You can now take a real or virtual walking tour of literary DC, from Roald Dahl
to Philip K. Dick
to Zora Neale Hurston
. Two DC-area poets have put together a compendium of 123 (and growing) residences in the DC area where novelists, poets, and playwrights plied their trade. The buildings may not all have plaques, but they are still standing: Dan Vera and Kim Roberts focused on
not "documenting what used to be here, but what people could actually go and take a look at."
posted by HonoriaGlossop
on Dec 18, 2011 -
Feeling like you need something to balance the scent of sandalwood and musk after reading this list of famous man caves
(including Jefferson's study, Douglass' office, Edison's library, and Roosevelt's trophy room)? If so, you may be interested in seeing the inner sanctums of some of history's most influential women. Check out Eleanor Roosevelt's living room (picture
), Marie Curie's laboratory (picture
), Margaret Mead's room in Samoa (picture
), Maya Angelou's parlor (picture
), Susan B. Anthony's study
(more pictures and info
), Georgia O'Keefe's sitting room (picture
), Helen Keller's childhood bedroom (picture
), and Frida Kahlo's studio (picture 1
, picture 2
). [more inside]
posted by emilyd22222
on Jul 28, 2010 -
The immodestly named Versailles1
in Florida is possibly the largest home in America. At 90,000 sqft it is nearly twice the size of the White House and includes 23 bathrooms, a 10 car garage and 10 Segways to get around. The WSJ reports on Touring the (Almost) Largest Home in America
. Of course the owners ran out of money and now the hulking shell of Versailles, sitting precariously for the ages a few feet above sea level, is for sale
(click through for virtual tour).
posted by stbalbach
on Jul 16, 2010 -
With the economic downturn and a steady downward trend in family sizes
, the end of the McMansion
could be at hand. Some people are living in
and building tiny houses
) to decrease their impact on the environment, while others can't afford more (or wish to own something small instead of paying off something big). Sergio Santos
saw his small budget and limited space as a challenge
), maximizing his 77 square foot space as a bedroom, office, and mini-kitchen. Claire Wolf lists the four pieces of living small
: building, gadgeting, decorating, and coping. If these spaces are too small for you, Dan Maginn
suggest 900 square feet for a 2 bed, 2 bath house, and outlines how to design your own small home
(his tips: think "events" more than "rooms," and don't forget the cupboards and water heater closet).
posted by filthy light thief
on Sep 1, 2009 -
"The brief was simple: to build a house
to retire to in order to grow food, entertain and enjoy the East Anglia landscape. The outcome was as unconventional as they come. A structure that has the ability to vary or connect the overall building's composition and character according to season, weather or simply a desire to delight. Wallpaper* took a trip to the site
to capture the physical phenomenon in the only medium that serves it justice - film." via
posted by Knappster
on Mar 2, 2009 -
"Future House Now
is dedicated to exploring ideas about better living in family homes that are affordable, modern, efficient, healthy, environmentally responsible and available today."
posted by dobbs
on Jun 4, 2007 -
The most modern home built in the world.
"From the outside it looks like a spaceship
you cannot enter. But if you go inside, it feels very cozy… very Zen and calming. Maybe because you are floating above the city
, in the sky". John Lautner
's Chemosphere residence
is the product of a fortuitous union of architect
, client, time and place. Leonard Malin
was a young aerospace engineer in late-1950s L.A. whose father-in-law had just given him a plot north of Mulholland Drive, near Laurel Canyon. The only catch: at roughly 45 degrees, the slope was all but unbuildable. Lautner sketched a bold vertical line, a cross, and a curve above it. "Draw it up," he told his assistant.
publisher Benedikt Taschen owns Chemosphere (NSFW)
, and after 20 years of neglect the house has been beautifully restored (.pdf)
by Frank Escher
posted by matteo
on Apr 7, 2005 -
The Great American 'Garage Mahal'
- cars, houses and garages of the American super-sized new affluent class grow ever larger : "three separate two-car garages attached to his $750,000 brick abode: one for his son Brandon, one for his wife, Janice, and one for him. His garages' many amenities include carpeting, cable TV, speakers wired to the home stereo system and a bathroom. "I've always liked garages and I don't think you can have enough of them," " Mr. Bernard said."
posted by troutfishing
on Jul 21, 2004 -
big ambitions. I've always lived in small houses and flats so this would be the perfect little place for me. As people are progressively continuing to stay single for longer into their lives, are homes like these what they'd be looking for to settle into?
posted by feelinglistless
on Sep 28, 2002 -
Rich Man's Castle
- A Guardian
piece which suggests the introduction of land-zoning to ensure that all the prime pieces of land aren't snapped up for luxury, new build
homes and are instead designated for affordable housing. With UK house prices on an ever-upward
trajectory, it's unlikely that developers would embrace such a move. At least, not when there are masterpieces
posted by jonathanbell
on May 9, 2002 -
Coca-Cola on tap at home?
New recipies that include "2 cups of Coca-Cola"? Taking this a step further makes it interesting, with all manner of juices being available on-call.
posted by pnevares
on Mar 19, 2001 -
which I heard about from captain cursor
looks normal on the outside, but make sure you check out the basement
! It made me think of the barn house
that I once visited while growing up in Indiana. Though very different, they both are products of magnficent obscessions--as is the famous Winchester Mystery House
. It seems many people like to build and live in strange homes. Of course, there are people who are obscessed with other things.
posted by grumblebee
on May 16, 2000 -